All elementary-age students -- kindergarten through fifth grade -- participate in MAP testing. MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computer-adaptive skills assessment that provides parents, teachers and administrators with metrics to measure a student's growth and progress early in their academic life.
What Does Computer-Adaptive Mean?
The MAP test is adaptive, meaning that the computer allows for the test questions to adapt to the individual skill levels of all students. If a student answers a question correctly, the questions will become more difficult; if a student answers a question incorrectly, the questions will become easier.
What Is on the Test?
The MAP test covers reading, language usage and mathematics. While this computer-adaptive test is not timed, most students complete the test in less than an hour. If students complete their regularly assigned homework, they should be prepared for the test.
Why Does My Child Need to Take the MAP Test?
The MAP test is given three to four times a year to track student progress and achievement over time. Measuring growth over time helps students and families in goal setting and personal development. The results also help teachers determine what to teach and how best to group children in the classroom.
Since earning her B.S. in journalism and M.S. in publishing, Allie Benjamin continues to write and edit educational content for various platforms. She also has spent time as a resume writer/editor. Based in D.C., Benjamin currently educates high-school students in grammar and writing skills.